Photo Coverage: 2009 Point Foundation Honors
Point Foundation (Point), the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students of merit, honored the recipients of its Courage, Inspiration and Legend Awards earlier this week. Silvio Horta, Creator and Executive Producer of the ABC-TV series, Ugly Betty, received the Point Courage Award; PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) was honored with the Point Inspiration Award; and the inaugural Point Legend Award was presented to play writer, librettist, screen writer, novelist and director, Arthur Laurents (Gypsy, West Side Story). The awards were presented at Point's annual New York benefit, Point Honors, which was held on April 27, 2009 at the Roosevelt Hotel, 45th and Madison in New York City.
The Point Courage Award recognizes an individual who has advocated for the future of the LGBT community and lives with the vision that investing in today's potential will produce a brighter tomorrow.
Students who are awarded the organization's prestigious scholarships, known as Point Scholars, are selected through a rigorous and highly competitive process that requires a record of demonstrated academic excellence, leadership skills and financial need. A number of these Point Scholars will attend the benefit.
The Point Inspiration Award recognizes a corporation that champions respect and inclusion of the LGBT community, and operates with the vision that the success achieved by talented young people is limited only by the resources and opportunities they are given to help them fulfill their potential.
The Point Legend Award is presented to an individual who has, through the course of their lifetime, achieved greatness in their professional career and unapologetically supported the LGBT community.
The Presenting Sponsor for this event was Motorola. The Principal Sponsors are HBO, the Estee Lauder Companies Inc., the Palette Fund and Time Warner Inc. Media Sponsors are The Advocate, Genre, Metrosource Magazine, Next Magazine and People Weekly. Point's Benefit Committee for the gala is Jeffrey Epstein, Dan Osheyak and Shelley Fischel.
Point Foundation (Point) is the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students of merit. Point provides financial support, leadership training, mentoring and hope to LGBT individuals who are marginalized because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Point provides its scholars with the financial ability to attend the nation's foremost higher educational institutions and its donors and mentors with the rare satisfaction of directly investing their resources and time in future generations of leaders.
For more information about Point Foundation, please visit www.pointfoundation.org.
Photos by Linda Lenzi
Point Foundation's Executive Director & CEO Jorge Valencia
Point Courage Award Honoree Silvio Horta (Creator/Executive Producer for ABC/Touchton's Ugly Betty
Cameron Mathison and Vanessa Arevalo
Point Scholar Brittany Bjurstrom and Jorge Valencia
Jorge Valencia with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Point Inspiration Award recipients Chris Simmons and Michael D. Poirier
CNN's Thomas Roberts and Susan Hendricks
Silvio Horta and Jorge Valencia
Ana Ortiz and Silvio Horta
Chris Simmons, Vanessa Williams and Michael D. Poirier